Expert panel appointed to contemplate
a new electoral system for South Africa
20 July 2020
Zoom Panel Discussion
Expert panel appointed to contemplate a new electoral system for South Africa
In the light of the recent Constitutional Court judgement declaring the current Electoral Act invalid, the Inclusive Society Institute has embarked on a process to design potential new electoral models for South Africa. Whilst not rigid in its thinking, the institute has mandated its research panel to design electoral models that respects the findings of the judgement, the boundaries set out in the Constitution, retains proportionality as a basis for representation and which, given the institutes driving philosophy, promotes inclusivity.
The institute has appointed an expert panel to undertake the work. They are:
The expert panel held its first discussion on Monday, 20 July 2020. The aim of this initial discussion was to gain a common understanding of the court’s intentions and to develop the parameters that will guide the panel’s deliberations. In further phases of the process, international electoral models that combine proportional representation with the right of independents to stand for election will be studied, proposed models will be developed, and public and stakeholder sentiments will be tested.
The institute’s findings will be presented to the political establishment and public policymakers as its contribution to the formal legislative process, for which the Constitutional Court has set two-years aside for the work to be completed.
During the next round of discussions, the panel will elaborate on the principles that should guide the electoral reform in South Africa, and the values, for example accountability, representivity and inclusivity, that should be enhanced through the new models to be proposed.